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Bengali actor Subhadra Mukherjee resigns from BJP amid violent clashes over CAA

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 March 2020, 13:05 IST
Subhadra Mukherjee

Actor turned politician Subhadra Mukherjee, who joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2013, has resigned from the party expressing dismay over the ‘recent hate filled situation’ in the country.she put in her papers on Friday.

The BJP, however, hoped she will relook into the decision.

"I had joined the party with a lot of hope and optimism. But, the recent violence in Delhi, the growing atmosphere of hatred and violence, made me feel disturbed," Subhadra Mukherjee told reporters on Saturday.

Subhadra, who is already sent her resignation to BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, also stated, "Why should brothers cut each other's throats in the name of religion? I was disturbed after hearing the news of deaths of over 40 people."

The actor stated that she didn’t want to be affiliated with "this brand of politics" where people can form the opinion based on religion and no as fellow humans.

Referring to Subhadra’s remark, BJP leader Shamik Bhattacharya told PTI that the party has never ‘diluted’ its ideology over any issue.

"We have spoken on the issue of differentiating between refugees and infiltrators since the 50s. We also believe in the inclusiveness of India and the violence in Delhi was not the handiwork of the BJP," Mr Bhattacharya said, adding, he was no aware of Ms Mukherjee's decision.

"We hope she will reconsider her decision," he said.

Subhadra Mukherjee, however, elucidated that she was not against the citizenship law if it did discriminate between citizens based on religious identity.

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First published: 1 March 2020, 13:05 IST